Worth the find: Place Pigalle.

Small intimate French bistrot in the heart of Pike Place Market near Rachel the Pig. Though small, the view from the window tables is expansive taking in the waterfront, the Port of Seattle, the Big Wheel and the Olympics in the distance. The bar overlooks the entire space so happy hour would be fun here.

Started with a classic….the French Onion Gratinée soup…which was perfect on a cold Seattle day. Had a bite of the white truffle chicken apple salad then went a bit outside typical French fare with the the pasta of the day which was prepared using duck confit and sausage in a very light….not the typical Italian….tomato sauce….excellent!

We also had the samish bay oysters…..buttery and oh so rich and delicious, and the steamed mussels Pigalle. These were special and even though the balsamic vinaigrette sounds a bit odd, you need to give them a try. It’s a dish that, in the end, all that will be left are the shells!

Since it’s French and you’re basically on the ocean, seafood is always a good choice. The Northwest Bouillabaisse is the best I’ve had in recent memory. Did I mention seafood? Yep, but now I’m on to another favorite…liver pâté. Their example of duck and rabbit was outstanding!

The pot du crème was worth the extra calories.

Wines are as expected with old and new world choices.

Service is always great.


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